Input on Educational Electronic Games for 4 Year Old

Updated on December 09, 2008
V.P. asks from Lake Villa, IL
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HI everyone -
My husband and I would like to get our 4 year old son an electronic educational game for Christmas but I know nothing about them. I am thinking about something from Leap Pad or V-Smile because those are the names that I have heard. Can you share your experiences with games like this and let me know how your kids like them? Thanks so much!!

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So What Happened?

Thanks so much for your help - from the responses I got here and some moms I talked to in my neighborhood we went with the Leapster 2. I hope he likes it! Merry Christmas to everyone!

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answers from Chicago on

personally I like the leapsters over the v-smile version. the games are educational, fun, and easy to learn. my children got them for Christmas last year at 4 and 3 and had no problem figuring out how to play the games on their own. they have also learned a ton from playing them. my dd knows tons of spanish because of dora and she is a master at spelling because of the leap frog games (and she is the younger of the 2). my son is a math wiz because of the star wars math game and reading because of clifford. i highly recommend those games.
either way i don't think that you could go wrong.
good luck!


answers from Chicago on

I have heard alot of people have trouble with the vtech stuff. We are planning on getting our son 4 year old the Leapster for Christmas...I know alot of Moms who have those for their kids and love them. We also have the clickstart my first computer that hooks up to the TV and he loves that too and it teaches them mouse and keyboard skills as well.


answers from Chicago on

We have had the Vtech Vsmile for 2.5 years now and we love it. My son has learned so much educationally from these games. He is 6 and still loves it. It's nice that there are different leveled games so they continue to be fun for him. And the characters they have are cool to him as well. I can't say enough great things about this system. He has learned so much from doing these games. We just bought him the portable cyberpocket now and that's great that it uses the same game cartridges so we don't have to buy all new ones. Plus, it can hook up to the tv or the computer too. It's a great system and we love vtech.



answers from Chicago on

I definitely recommend the Leapfrog Leapster. All the games are educational. My 4 yr old has had his for a year now and still loves it.

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